The Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds is the venue for the 2013 Billiards World Championship, which is due to start on October 21.
Several late withdrawals from both World Championship draws resulted in an altered format this year. The traditional qualifying process has been discarded and all nine entrants will be put through to the main World Championship.
Instead of the qualifying days, the Jim Williamson Memorial Open will act as the warm-up for the World Championship, starting on October 19 and continuing through the weekend.
|Billiards World Championship (Short-Up) Draw|
|A||Rupesh Shah (India)||Long Nguyen Thanh (Vietnam)||Aaron Davies (England)||Wayne Doyle (Republic of Ireland)||Grant Meadley (India)|
|B||Nalin Patel (England)||David Causier (England)||Manish Jain (India)||Qualifier 9||Qualifier 7|
|C||Nam Pham Hoai (Vietnam)||Ian Williamson (England)||Matthew Bolton (Australia)||Fraser Durham (Canada)||Arun Agrawal (India)|
|D||Raj Kumar (India)||Guy Heys (Jersey)||Mike Russell (Qatar)||Kien Nguyen Trung (Vietnam)||Neil Bolton (Australia)|
|E||Carl Walter Steiner (Austria)||Peter Gilchrist (Singapore)||Qualifier 6||Balachandra Bhaskar (India)||Mark Nolan (Republic of Ireland)|
|F||Subramanian Venkateshwaran (India)||Qualifier 8||Arthur Winn (England)||Robert Hall (England)||Qualifier 10|
|G||Qualifier 12||Jamie Barker (England)||Qualifier 3||Jaiveer Dhingra (India)||Phil Mumford (England)|
|H||Derek O'Neill (England)||Binh Nguyen Thanh (Vietnam)||Siddharth Parikh (India)||Martin Goodwill (England)||Terence Wayne Carey (Australia)|
|I||Aditya Agrawal (India)||Michael Pearson (Australia)||Qualifier 2||Sourav Kothari (India)||Martin Schmidt (Austria)|
|J||Chris Taylor (England)||Martin Budge (Guernsey)||Qualifier 1||Alok Kumar (India)||Dhvaj Haria (India)|
|K||Dhruv Sitwala (India)||Qualifier 4||Aidan Murray (Ireland)||Robin Wilson (England)||Peter Tankard (Australia)|
|L||Qualifier 5||Akhilesh Mohan (France)||Geet Sethi (India)||Felix Knoll (Austria)||Phil Davis (England)|
|M||Ross Doyle (Republic of Ireland)||Devendra Joshi (India)||Anna Lynch (Australia)||Ashok Shandilya (India)||Qualifier 11|
|Billiards World Championship (Long-Up) Draw|
|A||Fraser Durham (Canada)||Guy Heys (Jersey)||Alok Kumar (India)||David Causier (England)||Binh Nguyen Thanh (Vietnam)|
|B||Matthew Bolton (Australia)||Carl Walter Steiner (Austria)||Dhvaj Haria (India)||Qualifier 4||John Mcintyre (Northern Ireland)|
|C||Qualifier 8||Qualifier 11||Nalin Patel (England)||Mike Russell (Qatar)||Akhilesh Mohan (France)|
|D||Kien Nguyen Trung (Vietnam)||Subramanian Venkateshwaran (India)||Peter Gilchrist (Singapore)||Anna Lynch (Australia)||Ian Williamson (England)|
|E||Qualifier 6||Manish Jain (India)||Neil Bolton (Australia)||Robert Hall (England)||Qualifier 12|
|F||Balachandra Bhaskar (India)||Qualifier 9||Phil Mumford (England)||Terence Wayne Carey (Australia)||Gaye Jones (England)|
|G||Martin Goodwill (England)||Arthur Winn (England)||Martin Budge (Guernsey)||Aditya Agrawal (India)||Nam Pham Hoai (Vietnam)|
|H||Qualifier 7||Peter Tankard (Australia)||Derek O'Neill (Republic of Ireland)||Jamie Barker (England)||Rupesh Shah (India)|
|I||Sourav Kothari (India)||Siddharth Parikh (India)||Robin Wilson (England)||Qualifier 10||Qualifier 5|
|J||Jaiveer Dhingra (India)||Chris Taylor (England)||Michael Pearson (Australia)||Long Nguyen Thanh (Vietnam)||Felix Knoll (Austria)|
|K||Mark Nolan (Republic of Ireland)||Aaron Davies (England)||Dhruv Sitwala (India)||Arun Agrawal (India)||Qualifier 1|
|L||Martin Schmidt (Austria)||Phil Davis (England)||Ashok Shandilya (India)||Raj Kumar (India)||Qualifier 3|
|M||Geet Sethi (India)||Grant Meadley (Australia)||Qualifier 2||Eva Palmius (England)||Devendra Joshi (India)|
The Short-Up Championship is first, running through the week beginning October 21 and ending with the final on Friday October 25. Following this, the Long-Up tournament begins that same day, progressing across the weekend and into the next week. The final is on October 30.
With the forced changes to the format, this year carries the chance for a real upset. With so many unknowns in the group stages, it could be a very interesting tournament.
Of the withdrawals, last year's winner Pankaj Advani is the most high-profile. According to NDTV Sports, Advani has abandoned this year's Championship in favour of snooker, which again opens up the field.
If you're looking for someone to back, a good bet would be Englishman Robert Hall, who Billiard-Junkies.org states has won 25 finals across his career and has a win percentage of 79 percent. Hall is the top-ranked player going into the Championships, giving him momentum.
The World crown still eludes Hall, however. If you feel more comfortable backing a proven champion then Qatar's Mike Russell, who has won the title 11 times, would be an ideal candidate. His rival Geet Sethi of India is also a good option, having won the prize eight times.
World-Billiards.com is planning on offering a live stream of the show table on every day of the championships. No information is available at present, but more coverage listings are scheduled to be accessible as the tournament draws nearer.
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